LULU BRUD ZSEBE
Lady Lu of the Wolves, aka Lulu Brud Zsebe is the wild woman behind the influential brand OF THE WOLVES. Since its founding in Los Angeles in December of 2013, Lulu has used this unique platform to promote and enhance on a global scale that which she finds so inspiring and impactful in everyday life. Driven by the natural world (the quiet strength of the desert, the movement of the ocean, the pulse of the forest from wet jungles to quiet mountain), as well as ritualistic cultures and feminine archetypes in storytelling, Lu has made it her mission to bring out to the masses that which is so often overlooked and unseen. An actress (Pretty Little Liars, Ray Donovan, Entourage, Pure Genius), Interior Designer (@sanctuarymaker), writer, artist, lifestyle promoter, and influencer, Lu brings all of these different aspects of herself to the table to make a complex and all-inclusive community of thinkers and doers. She joined forces with Micha in the summer of 2016 to expand the message and grow the pack. Often found wandering the neighborhoods of the east side of Los Angeles with her husband, Justin, and tiny dog Paixley, Lulu is committed in her desire to offer a space to feel inspired, informed, and ever importantly seen.
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Micha Thomas is the other half, the other wild woman leading the Of The Wolves community. She’s also a creative director, entrepreneur, and trained life and executive coach. Micha has carved out successful marketing, content, branding and communication initiatives for clients across culture, music, innovation and technology industries for over 13 years. She is the creator of The MiA (Made in America) Project, is certified in Executive and Organizational Coaching via Columbia University and in NLP-based coaching, and is obtaining her Counseling Psychology Masters at Pacifica Graduate Institute to become a fully licensed therapist. Micha has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Refinery29, The Chalkboard Mag, Sakara Life, DesignSponge, etc. and contributed stories and interviews over the years to Elle Magazine, High Snobiety, Mind Body Green, and multiple regional culture blogs. She’s a trained dancer, alleviates angst by regular boxing sessions, and adores photography, the desert, communes, and her gaggle of pet pals.
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Ashley Tibbits is a Los Angeles based freelance writer who has contributed to outlets such as Racked, The Zoe Report, TimeOut, and Manrepeller as well as founding her own online lifestyle resource, Clever, which is focused on highlighting makers, doers, and creatives with an inspirational, ethical, and/or sustainable approach.
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Brooke Ritchie is a creature of many colors who loves spending time crafting recipes, blending her love of whole plant foods and healing journeys to share with friends and family. Adjoining her work as a model, Brooke has been diligently embracing her first love, food, into a guiding position in her life by fully embracing the full spectrum of colorful ‘rainbow’ foods. She has recently become a line-cook and is readily expanding her knowledge of healing plant foods. She loves to share her knowledge and will question with you, “What’s best for me? What is edible? How do I make my eating a beautiful ritual, nourishing my soul and body?”
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Chandra Fox is a wife, mama and founder of These Native Goods. She’s had a deep interest in fashion and creating handmade goods for most of her life. At age thirteen she studied under a custom tailor who taught her sewing and pattern making. Following this passion lead her to pursue a degree in fashion design at FIDM San Francisco and eventually to an internship in Barcelona. While overseas she began working as a model – a career that went on for the next nine years. She made jewelry on the side, and her pieces were sold at several stores throughout Los Angeles and New York. Her own journey away from fast fashion and towards a healthier lifestyle as a whole inspired These Native Goods – a site dedicated to made in the USA goods with the goal of helping to strengthen our communities and economy while treading more lightly on our planet.
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Claire Schwartz is an astronomer and researcher based in Los Angeles. A perpetual seeker of new experiences, her professional endeavors have taken her everywhere from remote mountaintop observatories to feature film sets. As a cartographer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, she developed terrain and landing site maps for the InSight and Mars 2020 missions. She is currently a researcher, consultant, and writer for an array of media outlets, and hosts Super Deluxe’s astronomy and aerospace series “I Need My Space.” When not looking to the stars, she can be found in her garden, attempting to cultivate enough produce to feed herself and her small herd of animal companions.
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Erica Ruch is an artist, web designer, and chronic seeker of wild places and adventure with a fervor for living compassionately. Living in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and being an outspoken vegan, Erica’s love of nature is integrating into everything she does. Erica has acted at PETA’s Senior Web Designer & Front-End Developer for over six years.
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Ginny Brodd is the resident old soul who finds comfort in putting pen to paper and capturing memories from behind the lens of a camera while living life as a transplant in Sydney, Australia. She’s a believer of early mornings and hand-written “Thank You” notes, chasing the sunrises and sunsets, and the power of the little things in life. When she’s not serving (or drinking) coffee, you’ll most likely find her outside whether she’s hiking, playing and coaching tennis, or even scuba diving. Ginny is currently in the midst of training for a 50km (30 mile) trail run to help fundraise and raise awareness for Alzheimer’s that’s taking place in December, because we can all make a difference if we want to.
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Helena Vissing, M.S., PsyD, is a Danish therapist working from psychodynamic, depth psychology, and somatic orientations. Besides psychotherapy work with adults, she also specializes in maternal mental health and reproductive psychology and practices in West Los Angeles. Her special focus is on the intergenerational dynamics of mother-daughter-relationships and how women’s transitions to motherhood are deeply affected by their own experienced being mothered. Helena did her predoctoral internship at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, where she got training in depth psychology psychotherapy and Sandplay. She is faculty on the Training Committee of Maternal Mental Health Now as well as adjunct faculty at Antioch University and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
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Jacqueline Suskin is a writer, speaker and performance poet based in Los Angeles. She is the author of The Collected (Publication Studio, 2010), Go Ahead & Like It (Ten Speed Press, 2014) and The Edge of The Continent Volume One (Rare Bird, 2018). Known for her multidisciplinary work with her project Poem Store, Suskin composes improvisational poetry for patrons who choose both a topic and a price in exchange for a unique verse. Poem Store has been her main occupation since 2009 and has taken her around the world. Suskin was honored by Michelle Obama at the White House as a Turnaround Artist, and her work has been featured in New York Times, T Magazine, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and various other publications. She has collaborated with fashion brands Alice + Olivia and Nasty Gal, and recently created an installation for Nike in an attempt to find endless ways to bring poetry into the mainstream.
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Jolene Haley grew up in the desert where she admired the quiet enchantment of the stars, made friends with coyotes, and developed her intuitive nature. Jolene pours her soul into creating through poetry, writing novels, editing anthologies, photography, and podcasts. In addition to her creative side, she has a Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton and currently works as a Career Coach for a top-ranked business school. She resides in Orange County, California where she loves to pet every dog she sees and explore bookstores for hidden treasures.
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Kaitlin McHugh is a designer of interiors, architecture, spatial curation and staging. Based in Los Angeles, KAIT JOSEPH is Kaitlin’s design studio. Both ecologically and economically conscientious, she often utilizes items a client currently owns, refurbished and found pieces, vintage pieces and new designs. She advocates adaptive reuse and acknowledges the beauty of up-cycling while fervently supporting her contemporaries—current artists, designers and makers. Kaitlin has a fine art degree in printmaking from The Colorado College, and she studied urban planning & ecological architectural design at both the Ecosa Institute and the Harvard GSD. Kaitlin has worked closely with independent LA designers on numerous residential and small scale commercial projects.
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Katie Manzella is a Certified Crystal Alchemist, Reiki Master, Angel Card Reader, Clairvoyant and Sound Healer who assists her clients in mental, physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Born and raised in the Pacific Palisades, Katie was first introduced to crystals in 2010 during a healing session with her spiritual mentor. Since then, she has been trained and certified at the renowned Aura Shop in Santa Monica. Katie integrates her knowledge of crystals and metaphysical studies along with the combined alchemy of Reiki, Thetahealing, breathwork, yoga, meditation, sacred ceremonies, eco-friendly living practices, and sound healing to illuminate the space and command divine perfection during sessions.
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McKayla Robbin is a poet based in Charleston, South Carolina. She earned her B.A. in English from The College of William and Mary and is pursuing her M.F.A. in poetry at The College of Charleston. Her writing has previously appeared in Poetry International, The San Diego Poetry Annual and Charleston Magazine. Her first full-length poetry collection, *we carry the sky*, was featured as one of Bustle’s “9 Feminist Poetry Collections to Read for National Poetry Month.”
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Naha resides in Los Angeles where she is the senior reader, healer and teacher at the House of Intuition, a metaphysical healing destination. Trained and initiated by Master Teachers in Qabalah, Alchemy, Tarot, Sacred Geometry, Reiki, Crystal Healing, Shamanic healing, Practical and Ritual Magic and Hermetic Philosophy, she works with individuals to help them to heal and develop their own intuitive gifts. In order to continue the wisdom lineages of the Western Esoteric Tradition, Naha founded 22 Teachings and supplies a yearly curriculum, which includes courses in Tarot, Developing Intuition, and Crystals and Stones. She hosts a monthly Middle Pillar Ritual in the tradition of Hermetic Qabalistic High Magic.
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Obi Kaufmann is a poet, artist, and advocate for wilderness defense and conservation. His written and visual work always makes reference to a deeper mystery where an inner world of adventure and wonder meets the outer world of evolution and natural history. He illustrates for Bay Nature Magazine, juniperridge.com, Tuleyome.org and the Bureau of Land Management. In 2016, he will participate in artist-residencies with both the Human Collective Group in NYC and the National Parks Conservation Association. He is currently working on a California Field Atlas for Heyday books which will launch in the Fall of 2017.
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Phil is a writer, filmmaker and photographer, most interested in what makes us tick as humans. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, and enjoys tea, yoga, old records, and discussing the existential parameters of existence. Also, hot springs.
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Rachael Day is a graphic designer, illustrator, and fine artist born in the UK, now based in Los Angeles. She makes authentic visuals for healthy living advocates all around the world. She has a passion for creativity, authentic living, radical honesty, food as medicine, and daily exercise. Her life experiences thus far have led her down the path to believing that life feels the best when applying these practices. Having recently completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cal-State University, Northridge, she is our go-to graphics and art gal here at Of The Wolves.
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Shanley Knox is an entrepreneur and ethnographer who fell in love with travel at 18, in Port-as-Prince, Haiti. She has spent the past eight years working in Uganda (while residing in NYC), where she launched a manufacturing collective focused on creating sustainable economic development while working to preserve the indigenous Myankole culture, and their renowned Ankole cows. Her work has been supported by LVMH, UNESCO, Google ATAP, AGOA and the UN Global Compact. Previously, she designed innovation and brand strategy for companies such as Nike, Google, Facebook and Adidas. Shanley is a fierce sister Wolf.
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Sivan is an avid reader and writer, born and raised in Los Angeles. She is currently completing her B.A. in English Literature. You can usually find her practicing yoga, hiking, & studying tarot. Sivan is a volunteer for Planned Parenthood and a spokesperson for I Am That Girl.
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Stephanie Danler is the author of the international and New York Times Bestseller, Sweetbitter. It’s now out in paperback. She’s based out of Los Angeles, is at work on a book of non-fiction, and receives the most joy from recommending books via Of the Wolves and her instagram.
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